Tuesday, April 1, 2008

First Guessing: 4/1/08

* Tough break for Matt Wise, who looked great against the first two batters in the tenth inning before getting absolutely tattooed by Robert Andino's game-winning home run. I thought the first two pitches of the at-bat pounded the bottom of the strike zone, but the ump called both of them balls. Wise was forced to work higher in the zone as a result. He threw the home run pitch in almost the exact same spot as the 2-0 pitch; you almost never get away with throwing the same pitch in the same place twice.

* In the season opener, Willie used three pitchers to get through the eighth and failed to double switch at any point, forcing him to use a fourth reliever in the ninth inning of a 7-2 game. Tonight, he uses Marlon Anderson to pinch-hit in the eighth inning against a left-handed pitcher. One night he shows an inability to manage basic National League strategy; the next night he shows a fundamental lack of understanding of lefty-lefty matchups. Say this for Willie - he never gives you a reason to change your opinion of him ...

* Who had April 1 in the Pedro Martinez injury pool? If this hamstring pull is as bad as Endy Chavez's was last season, Pedro won't be back until the All-Star Break.

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